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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2009 Honda Civic Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 172015

Civic Hybrid

  • 134,000 miles


Honda acknowledges that there are battery issues with the 2009 Civic hybrid batteries and has issued a replacement order for them. They also acknowledge that some of the battery issues are caused by the battery control module but refuse to include that in the covered repair. In this case, the battery is overheating. This is the second battery in a car that is just over 5 years old.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #2

Feb 012013

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
As with most of the complaints on this site, the vehicle battery had to be replaced after the ima light came on. It historically flickered on and off and we thought initially nothing of it. We then did some research online only to find out that Honda has ignored the complaints about this issue, & instead have had their dealerships decide on whether to replace or not. Initially the dealership told my wife & I that it would cost $4.5K+ to replace the battery, because it was no longer a warrantable item. There was no mention of anything Honda was doing to rectify this issue. After I did my general online research, the dealer mysteriously came back with their offer to pay all but $450+ of the cost to replace the battery. Both my wife and I thought this was very unusual, especially knowing the dealer doesn't do anything for free or at such a great discount. After further complaining and knowing we needed a working car, my wife haggled with the dealer down to $265 to replace a part that would have cost $4.5K+. everything about this whole battery replacement screams 'fishy', but with no action by NHTSA to address a growing chorus of persons who own the 2009 hybrid, people will ultimately pay the $4.5K if they don't know that Honda may be silently addressing the issue, but leaving it up to their dealers to hand out the solution at their whim. This should be covered @ 100% by Honda including labor. This is/was a defective item from the 2009 model that should be recalled, but sadly it wont be until someone gets hurt. I say hurt because the dealer said, to get us to pay the initial $4.5K+, that if we didn't replace the battery the car would shut down & all things connected to the battery would also fail as well, including steering and braking. This leaves 3 choices: Pay the 4500; buy a new Honda and get nothing for the old one; leave Honda and get another branded car. All bad.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 122012

Civic Hybrid

  • 25,000 miles
At the end of October 2012, I began to have issues with the ima battery failing on my Honda Civic hybrid (2009). I took it to the local Honda shop, and the battery failed because of high voltage and deterioration. The software update was tried first. Within 5 miles, the battery failed again. The car stopped using the hybrid motor, so I had no assist when I was pulling into traffic. The gas engine revved, but it did not move the car. I was in the middle of a busy road with an 85 hp engine that was revving high but going nowhere. I got lucky that I could go into reverse. The next day, I tried to return the vehicle to the shop, but the car and battery were acting funny again. I would get a green light for the battery to charge, the white lights would indicate an assist, but the car would not go in reverse, and it would rev high but not go forward. That car and its flawed battery and horrible software update could have killed me. That combination indicates a serious design and engineering flaw. It took three days to get a new battery, and that new battery is the third for this car.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

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